Social Dynamics in Hyde Park
The London Sim’s Hyde Park is home to one of the most popular ‘new user experience’ locales in all of Second Life. With a friendly greeting staff and an interesting community, people from around the globe gather at Hyde Park for the fun times shared among good friends. Carrying good, clean conversations in rather large groups of adults can sometimes be challenging, but upholding a fair social contract and exercising common courtesy will ensure interactive success.
All things considered, communication barriers reach far beyond language differences alone. From cultural adaptations to the tests of age and time, perception is the key to effectively sharing ideas and holding conversations in any social setting. What happens when misconception overshadows this atmosphere can be detrimental to any social environment. Though many personalities, when masked with the safety of anonymity online, tend to strive for such atmospheric destruction, there are still many groups of people who found their social aspirations on good conversation and inviting ambience. Online discussions often follow the same context; a general topic is administered, followed by personal opinions and then the explanation of reasons for holding such opinions.
Everyone has, and is entitled to their own outlook, but when extremist positions are taken and conversations sway from biased remarks to brash humor or slander, fewer people feel inclined to interject in positive ways, rather the domain enacts a defensive stance and the conversation no longer holds a favorable connotation. The same can be said about personalities so strong that they overpower the dialogue and ‘hog the mic,’ disallowing other voices to be heard. Intentional disrespect is absolutely avoidable, but the lack of acceptance of what is “different” is what leads to negative conversations, and this is sometimes unavoidable because society has yet to perfect its utopian community. A good conversation holds no bounds, enlightens its participants, and possibly expands their horizons in learning new and exciting things about the world around them.
What do you think? What is the best way to uphold a desirable conversation in large groups of people? Let me know by leaving a comment below!